Like the massive presidential bios of Stephen Ambrose and Robert Caro, this book, about jazz giant Charlie Parker—nicknamed “Bird”—is slated to be a multi-volume affair. This first installment covers Parker’s formative years in Kansas City, and formidable jazz critic Crouch paints a vivid picture of not just Parker’s life but also the rise of this mostly African-American art form, getting as far as Parker’s move to New York, where soon he would make history with the advent of bebop. One would be hard-pressed to find a more solid narrator than Kevin Kenerly—his voice jumps and dances with all the mad rhythm of a Bird solo, but it’s never breathlessly histrionic. It’s a great treatment of a great book, which begs the question—when’s the next volume coming out? J.S.H. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2014]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9781482967678 $32.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN $22.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9781482967654 $100.00 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781482967661 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
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